SCO CEO Darl McBride last Friday reconfirmed that the company would be allowing independent parties, some analysts, press and other interested parties access to the code under NDA this month. Some of those parties started receiving the NDAs this month and they say they are completely unacceptable. So far, the criticism revolves around the fact that SCO will determine exactly what code it shows; any dispute over potential disagreements about whether information under the NDA was disclosed would have to be resolved in Utah courts; and, lastly, any information that SCO shares with those agreeing to the NDA can not be discussed, even if it is public information or the person is aware of it before SCO shows it to them.The Linux Journal has printed the entire text of the NDA it received from SCO this week. A Linux consultant and potential reviewer of SCOs code, and who requested anonymity, told eWeek on Thursday that he would not sign such an NDA as that would probably result in the firm calling him to testify on its behalf when the IBM matter goes to court. "The restrictions and limitations imposed by the NDA are ridiculous. Im not sure who would be willing to sign it. Certainly nobody I know," he said.
Senior members of the open source community are warning potential NDA signers to be very careful before doing so as such a move could endanger current open source projects, including Linux and BSD.